Planning Minister John Day said the MRA was considering the community’s feedback on the issue after nearly 3000 submissions were made to the MRA’s Scarborough views online survey.
‘On a larger scale, people also want to see major attractions like a skate park, a water play area and a bigger range of cafes, bars and restaurants, as well as regular activities and entertainment including music, performers, outdoor films and markets,’ Mr Day said.
‘While most submissions agreed that the beach had a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and was well utilised, the area was not living up to its potential.’
Although the City of Stirling voted to reject a proposal for an outdoor cinema at Scarborough and was inching towards placing a skate park near the Terry Tyzack aquatic centre in Inglewood, Stirling director planning and development Ross Povey said it was too early for the City to provide comment on the projects considered by the MRA.
‘Many ideas have been put forward via the online survey and these will now be considered by the MRA in producing a master plan for the area,’ Mr Povey said.
‘It is too early in the planning process for the City to provide any comment on any potential attractions taking shape in Scarborough.’
MRA executive officer Kieran Kinsella said the MRA was working closely with the City of Stirling, but each development application submitted would be assessed on its own merits.
‘Regardless of who the planning authority is, each development application submitted is assessed on its own merits and is subject to rigorous assessment against a number of factors ” including, but not limited to, stakeholder feedback, environmental, social and commercial impacts,’ Mr Kinsella said.
‘The MRA maintains an ongoing working relationship with the City at a number of levels, with the MRA and City executive meeting on a regular basis, in addition to frequent dialogue and liaison between MRA and City staff.’
Mr Kinsella said in addition to Scarborough Views, the public would also have the opportunity to comment on the Draft Master Plan, which will be released in the coming months.
In February and March, free wifi will be installed at the beach as part of the $60 million revitalisation, of which the City of Stirling is in the process of transferring responsibility to the MRA.